SALEM, Ohio (WYTV) – A pair of physicians were first to roll up their sleeves this week to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Salem Regional Medical Center received 580 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna Pharmaceuticals Tuesday. A clinic was set up a clinic to begin inoculating those who had signed up to get it.
“This is a huge learning curve. I think this pandemic, in general, has been a learning curve unlike anything we’ve ever experienced,” said Dr. Joseph Rousher.
Among the concerns are potential side effects, or whether those who have already recovered from the coronavirus should or even need to be vaccinated now.
“I think we’ve all learned to adapt quickly and to gather information from reputable sources quickly and then utilize that information in real time to make decisions,” Rousher said.
While it will likely be months before people without ties to healthcare or nursing homes are able to receive the vaccine, requests for it are already coming in.
“I would say the majority of patients that we are seeing are asking those questions, and I’ve been pleased because most of them have voiced that they want to get the vaccine,” Rousher said.
In the meantime, the local Health Department is warning residents to continue being cautious about contracting the virus.
“There’s still the possibility that they could get coronavirus, however, we just, always, every day, we’re reminding people: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands,” said Alanna Stainbrook, Salem City Public Health Commissioner.
Hospital administrators hope to vaccinate all staff members who want it over the next few weeks.